Sadly, Mumbai now has one less handicrafts store. The popular Central Cottage Industries Emporium lost a 22 year long battle against eviction from its premises in Narang House (behind the Regal Cinema in Colaba). The owners want to build a 100 bedroom boutique hotel there instead.
The Emporium will definitely be missed. This massive showroom was crammed full of every kind of Indian handicraft imaginable, and offered good quality at a fixed price.
So, where to shop for handicrafts in Mumbai now? Unlike Delhi, with its multitude of markets, the options are a bit limited. The Colaba Causeway market has quite a few cheap items, such as wood carvings, paintings, and jewelry. Also, check out Avante (located opposite the Regal Cinema) for reasonably priced handicrafts.
Alternatively, there are a number of handicraft emporiums in the shopping arcade of the Mumbai World Trade Center, in Colaba's Cuffe Parade. Items are expensive but if you don't mind the excessive price, there are some beautiful pieces!
Personally, I love The Bombay Store in the Fort District (Western India House, Sir P.M.Road). It sells some really groovy products.
Does anyone else have any good suggestions?
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